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Visit the ONPAR Web site to learn more about the assessments being developed and view sample test items.

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Projects

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Funder: U.S. Department of Education and
the WIDA Consortium

April 2007–ongoing

CAL is working with WIDA Consortium to develop a science and a math test for beginning English language learners that can be used to meet state accountability requirements for content testing in these domains. The tests will be computer-based and will consist of items using the dynamic and interactive capabilities of the computer to reduce the use of English, while still maintaining the content rigor and cognitive complexity of parallel items on traditional tests of science and math. Science tests are being developed for 4th and 8th grades and math tests for 4th and 7th grades.

ONPAR High School Science

Funder: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, awarded to  Virginia Department of Education, via subcontract from the University of Wisconsin, Center for Education Research

July 2010–March 2012

CAL and WCER will be developing and pilot testing an assessment of complex biology and chemistry knowledge for all high school students and especially those with beginning English language proficiency. The assessments will address an integrated set of state science standards and can be used for end of semester benchmark tests. The computer-based test items use less language and more graphics and animations than traditional test items and some of the cognitively complex interactive items will use differential algorithms to present sequenced items based on student responses. Additionally, the project will develop a rigorous codification system that will define comparability arguments when radically different types of items are used. ONPAR High School Science seeks to identify the important research issues involved in ensuring that its test items perform comparably to those on states’ benchmark science assignments.

ONPAR Math

Funder: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, awarded to the illinois State Board of Education, via subcontract with the University of Wisconsin, Center for Education Research

July 2008–March 2011

CAL and WCER developed and pilot tested a dynamic, computer-based test of math for beginning English language learners in Grades 4 and 7 to be used by states to meet the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) math testing requirement. The test is distinguished by a low quantity of language and a correspondingly greater reliance on graphics and animations. ONPAR Math relys on the foundational research from the ONPAR Science project to create an operational test based on a comprehensive test framework and field test.

ONPAR Science

Funder: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, via subcontract from the Rhode Island Department of Education

April 2007–March 2009

CAL and WCER developed and pilot tested a science test for beginning English language learners in Grades 4 and 8 that address an integrated set of state science standards and can be used for state accountability purposes to meet the requirements of NCLB. The computer-based test items use less language and more graphics and animations than traditional test items. ONPAR Science seeks to identify the important research issues involved in ensuring that its test items perform comparably to those on states’ general science assignments.

Learn more about CAL's work with WIDA.

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